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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK


Robbie pops into movies

Robbie Williams: In the spotlight as a film star

Pop star Robbie Williams is to make his acting debut in a football film.

Williams' role in Film Four's There's Only One Jimmy Grimble was announced at the Cannes film festival in the south of France.

The former member of Take That, who is enjoying a hugely successful solo career with hits like Millennium and Angels, will also write the soundtrack for the film.

[ image: All Saints: Cannes film announcement]
All Saints: Cannes film announcement
The movie will chart the rites of passage of Manchester boy Jimmy Grimble, who is given a pair of lucky boots that once belonged to a soccer star.

Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone are said to be on the verge of signing up for the film.

The announcement makes Williams just the latest in a lengthening line of stars making the move from music to movies.

Three of All Saints dropped into Cannes this week to launch their forthcoming film, Honest, with Dave Stewart directing.

In 1997, the Spice Girls played themselves in Spice World, while Blur's Damon Albarn took a role in Face, and Happy Mondays lead singer Shaun Ryder starred in The Avengers.

Black comedy

Other British film plans unveiled in Cannes included Welcome To Sarajevo director Michael Winterbottom's agreement to direct Kingdom Come, a £12.5m love story set in the Californian gold rush.

Winterbottom's own low-budget London movie, Wonderland, is in competition at this year's Cannes, where it is generating good notices.

Lottery-funded studio franchise DNA, headed by Notting Hill producer Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew MacDonald, also announced its plans on Saturday.

The first two films to be made will be Night Of The Creatures, a black comedy thriller set in Scotland and written by Simon Donald, and The Final Curtain, written by John Hodge, one of the Trainspotting team.

The Final Curtain tells the story of two television light entertainment rivals.

Casting for both films will be announced shortly and filming is due to start this summer.

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